Chevrolet Camaro Hybrid

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New emission rules threaten car

Most car manufacturers that are dealing with the hybrid technology are trying to show customers that cars equipped with it can be clean and yet fun to drive. Nonetheless, GM’s intention to turn the Camaro into a hybrid has nothing to do with it. In fact, GM wants to keep its resurrecting pony car in line with the new fuel consumption rules that require fuel efficiency rates must improve 40% by 2020, what implies that the industry fleetwide average consumption must reach 35 mpg (15 km/l).

These new rules have also made the investment on a new Camaro more costly. According to what Bob Lutz has told The Car Connection.com, the values involved in the development of the pony car would be diluted with the use of its platform, the Zeta, in other vehicles, such as the replacement for the Pontiac G8, the Chevrolet Impala and the Buick LaCrosse. This platform has been developed by Holden, the Australian arm of the group, what explains the fact that many Camaro units have been spotted down under.

Once it is not going to be used for the replacements (rear-wheel drive platforms are said to be less fuel efficient), the cost of the platform tends to be higher and the Camaro prices may be well above what they should be in order to face the Ford Mustang and the Chrysler Challenger. Even the new V8 engine that would be developed for the car has been halted.

Apparently, GM will count on V6 engines to sell the car. Performance versions may even get a turbocharged V6 unit, similar to what Ford has announced with its new EcoBoost technology, or a hybrid that aims to provide better performance, such as theToyota FT-HS, said to be the inspiration for the future Celica. For the Camaro fans, this may be a bit of a disappointment, but times change. In other countries, like Brazil, a gallon of gasoline can top US$ 6.50. Or else, prices can always get a little higher.
Published Feb 5th, 2008 10:17pm By Gustavo Henrique Ruffo
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schrackensac schrackensac
GM, if you lose the V8, you can kiss most of your pre-orders goodbye. the camaro is an american icon, and while i understand you need a V6 to justify sales, it CANNOT be the only engine offered. the corvette gets a claimed 26mpg highway, so why not at least offer the 6.2 LS3 as an option?
Feb 8th, 2008 2:14am
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joelynn joelynn
jeesh is that v8 sound so important? Hybrids give good accelleration- remeber electric power is instant, turbo has lag. Many of the greatest cars have been 6 cylinder in Europe. This Camaro is forward thinking, not simply retro. In the Challenger it should be a V8, but in the Camaro it's less necessary.
Feb 7th, 2008 4:09am
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benz_man benz_man
GM should make the 300HP DI 3.6 standard in the Camaro, and a turbo version, making close to (if not more than) 400HP optional. If they can do that, and sell the turbo V6 for around 30K, they WILL have a large market. There are plenty of Americans left with mullets who will purchase this vehicle!
Feb 7th, 2008 2:57am
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agree 100%
Feb 7th, 2008 4:16am
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xLumino xLumino
what is important for a muscle car? a V8? for sure, a V8 is a cool engine, but what is it, that is importnat? Right! The Sound of a V8. So it might a question of what you hear driving a Camaro V6 Hybrid. If the sound is great (and the power enouth...I think so - V6 hybrids are powerful like a V8)then it might be an interesting Muscle car. Why it should be like Mustang and Challenger? Why not different? Because of it's history? Where is the development??
Feb 6th, 2008 11:57pm
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muscle cars are supposed to have power upgrade potential....
Feb 7th, 2008 4:15am
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hofmeyer hofmeyer
i simply don't have the faith in GM to believe that they can build a turbo V6 that will last 100k miles. i suppose its some sort of irony that the only thing they're good at (small block V8) isn't what they want to do. the last camaro sucked because the car was crap, this one will probably suck due to the motor.
Feb 6th, 2008 11:01am
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CybrRaider CybrRaider
GM has been moving in the right direction lately. I've been impressed with some of the newer model that they've released or plan to release. That's something you wouldn't have said 5 yrs ago. I think the motors will be fine besides that were the 100k mile drive train warranty if for.
Feb 6th, 2008 4:48pm
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eddy eddy
Its about how a hybrid is built: You can have extremly massive acceleration from a good hybrid drivetrain. And that is what a muscle car is all about. Ok a hybrid might be strange when youre used to have a V8 in a muscle car, but i think this is just technological progress. In the end costs will decide the muscle car war: If oil prices go up further , the good old V8 will be just to expensive for all day driving and people will reconsider the V6-hybrid.
Feb 6th, 2008 7:47am
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Bremen_Koenigsegg Bremen_Koenigsegg
I would argue Radmeister's claim GM has lost the muscle war, but, honestly, he's probably right. No self-respecting American Muscle fan will tut around in a V6-powered Camaro, and, moreover, muscle cars should never be turbocharged. It's much too complicated! It is the muscle car enthusiast that preaches "there's no replacement for displacement" (as stupid a mantra as that is). That being said, picture how much an ass someone would look cruising around in a hybrid Camaro.
Feb 6th, 2008 6:11am
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radmeister radmeister
What i meant by lost the muscle car war was sale wise, most camaro fans have grown tired of waiting for this to come out and converted to the pony. And now with the challenger coming out on the market at a much lower price point the camaro really has no audience. To tell you the truth i never really liked this car, it looks like a plastic toy whereas the Challenger still has that bad azz cold detroit steel look. The Camaro is about as bad azz as the Transformers action figure.
Feb 6th, 2008 11:11am
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hahahaha makes some sense, but times do change... there are always motor swaps i guess..
Feb 7th, 2008 3:57am
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I believe "muscle" enthusiasts.. would much rather drive an american turbo V6 than any stupid hybrid... the truth is most of these people have grown up and are much past this era anyway, and only buy real CLASSIC muscle cars for the collecting and sentimental value aspect of it
Feb 7th, 2008 4:06am
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radmeister radmeister
Is it just me or has this car been stuck in the same point of production for 5 years? I don't think that the Veyron took this long to go from concept to production. This should have come out in 2005-6 with the new mustang. GM lost the muscle war.
Feb 6th, 2008 5:38am
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